That painting on your mother's wall might have more value than you think. Millions of Pounds of undiscovered art is located with private owners across the globe. Investors are increasingly looking to the art market, as an alternative investment source for tangible assets. The sale of fine art has recently seen a boom in the market with bullish collectors and buyers bidding top prices for new to the market works. The condition, artist and size of a painting will all affect an art valuation and therefore the auction price of the item. The subject matter is also vital in art valuation and means a painting’s value may vary with the fashion. It is important to consider this when deciding whether to sell or even when buying a painting. Other factors that affect a painting valuation include the condition of the work, the provenance of the piece and the quality of the execution. Even the presence or absence of craquelure (a pattern of fine cracks in the paint) can help verify the painting's authenticity. If you'd like to get a Paintings valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
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Son of John Skeaping RA, our expert grew up in a house rife with art. He began his career in 1971 by converting an antiques shop into a Gallery to sell Victorian and Modern British paintings. Since then he has acquired forty years in the art world, travelling extensively throughout South Africa and South America in pursuit of ‘lost’ works.
Our Continental Pictures Specialist has over 35 years of experience; having worked for Phillips and Sotheby’s, he subsequently set up his own consultancy business offering advice for fine art and valuation. Our specialist is also a past chairman of SOFAA (The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers).
Another of our painting's expert has previously worked at Sotheby’s in Billingshurst as well as a local UK auction house. Whilst our expert has a wealth of knowledge in different art movements and eras, he maintains a particular interest in 19th and 20th century oils and watercolours.
Our Modern British Art expert is a former auctioneer and Department Director at Bonhams Auctioneers in Oxford. She is a History of Art graduate of UCL, and postgraduate of the Courtauld Institute in London. She worked in London for many years at both Christie's and Bonhams as a specialist and department director in the 20th Century British Art departments. She has travelled internationally to advise collectors and has a broad range of experience in valuing entry level to high end collections.